Outrage growing from drivers, lawmakers as I-66 tolls continue to rise

Outrage growing from drivers, lawmakers as I-66 tolls continue to rise (ABC7)

Amid growing outrage after a second straight day of high tolls on I-66, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the governor to suspend the tolls.

After reaching a high of $34.50 on eastbound I-66 inside the Beltway Monday, the price hit $40 on Tuesday morning.

Prince William supervisors say they had expected the prince to be no higher than $17 for a round trip and were stunned to see prices more than twice that for just one way.

The board of supervisors voted to send a letter to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe asking him to temporarily stop the tolls.

“It’s just going to get worse,” said Republican Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. “[We’re] asking the governor to suspend tolls until some resolution can be found because this is absolutely ridiculous."

The governor’s office did not respond to an email ABC7 News sent Tuesday, but in an interview Monday – conducted after the tolls had hit $34.50 that morning – McAuliffe defended the tolls.

“You were not allowed to go on there as a single driver before,” McAuliffe said of I-66 inside the Beltway. “So it shouldn’t be -- in fairness -- new pain unless you were illegally riding on those lanes.”

However, along with the new tolling solo drivers in hybrid cars and those going to and from the airport can no longer ride on I-66 for free during rush hour tolling periods.

Tolls are charged on I-66 eastbound inside the Beltway from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m., and they are charged westbound from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Cars with two or more people inside can ride for free as long as they have an EZ Pass Flex that is set to HOV.

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